Bradshaw students donate to fill care packages for soldiers in Iraq
Laura and Rick Russo, teachers at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, combined classroom efforts this past semester to give U.S. military personnel serving overseas a lift.
Students donated a variety of snacks and toiletry items that went into Christmas care packages to the women and men of the Army 4-227 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion in Iraq.
Lt. Col. Randall Haws received all 84 packages and said hundreds of soldiers benefited from the student's kindness and concern.
"Mere words cannot express and are not equal to the gratitude that we all feel for your kindness and thoughtfulness," Haws wrote.
Gold Star Mother Jasmine Crowl and her husband Glenn organized the effort, and packed and mailed the boxes.
Jasmine Crowl sent two awards - one to the classrooms as a whole, and one to Karliegh DeLeon who wrote 48 Christmas cards to go into the boxes. All the students wrote letters, said Laura Russo, who teaches Language Arts, and several received a response back from soldiers.